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Do you really know how to type?

Author: Jessica Carter
by Jessica Carter
Posted: Feb 17, 2017
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Typing speed among the population who are familiar with the keyboard has naturally increased throughout the decade for obvious reasons. However, most of us are typing improperly, and it affects both the speed and accuracy of our typing. There is no need to attend classes or take significant effort to master the speed typing which affects our working efficiency positively. Make sure your keyboard is comfortable for you and let’s get started.

1. Finger arrangement

The disposition of the fingers really matters because all of them must be involved to reach high speed. Place the index finger of your left hand on the "F" key and the other fingers (except for the thumb) all across to the "A" key, ending with the pinky. The thumb of your left hand should rest on the space button. Place the fingers of your right hand in the same manner from the "j" to the ";" key, starting with the index and ending with the pinky. Let the right thumb rest on the space button or below it. The row formed by your fingers is a home run, and those are the positions your fingers return to and start typing. The fingers should be curved slightly, and your hands should be relaxed

2. Striking the keys

Starting from the home run, your fingers should hit only the designated keys for them to strike. For the right hand, each finger covers the diagonal of keys it is placed on. The pointing finger is also responsible for one diagonal right left from it, and the pinky is responsible for all the other keys on the right side. The left hand is a bit trickier. Your pinky should cover the diagonal and the "2" key, which is one key right from the main diagonal at its top. Other fingers cover the diagonal of letters and one number right and above them. For example, the middle finger strikes the "4", "E", "D", and "C" keys. The index finger is responsible for the main diagonal and one on the right side. Strike the Shift with the most comfortable pinky and the space with the most comfortable thumb.

3. Practicing

The typing skill requires practice on a regular basis. Gratefully, our jobs provide us much more practice than we need. The finger disposition feels weird at first, but you will get better very soon when the muscle memory develops. Firstly, you should focus on your accuracy. To get used to the disposition faster, you should practice typing common letter combinations, and your brain will soon remember the paths to each key. The cheating here is that you can type absolutely meaningless passages over and over, which are made toward improving your typing skills. Therefore, you will easily switch from key to key no matter the word is. For example, the passages may be like "A barber shop in Manhattan is crowded with the local enterprise employees". Keep your eyes on the screen and try not to look on the keyboard until it becomes natural to never let down your eyes.

About the Author

Hey! I’m Jessica Carter. Last year I finished Ual (University of Art London) with a specialization in Fashion Journalism. Now I live in Nyc and practice skills received there. I try writing about fashion trends for different magazines and websites.

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Author: Jessica Carter

Jessica Carter

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Member since: Jul 18, 2016
Published articles: 45

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